The late Lynda Petty is named first quarter winner of National Motorsports Press Association’s ‘Spirit Award’

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Lynda Petty, who passed away March 25 after a long illness, has been named the first quarter recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association’s Spirit award.

Lynda Petty was 72 when she passed away at home. She and NASCAR Hall of Famer and husband Richard Petty were married for 55 years.

In addition to being the matriarch of the Petty family, Lynda Petty was involved in a number of civic, social and charitable activities.

A mother of four, Lynda Petty was one of the founding members of the Racing Wives Auxiliary (now known as the Women’s Auxiliary of Motorsports), a charity that provides assistance to those in need in the racing community. She also was very involved in

Also receiving votes were defending and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and fellow driver Denny Hamlin.

“The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports,” a media release from the organization read. “Each year, quarterly winners are chosen, and an overall annual winner is selected by a vote of the NMPA membership.”

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Disclosure: Jerry Bonkowski is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Motorsports Press Association.

Recapping the 2018 Dakar Rally with “best of” video highlights

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EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.

NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.

Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.

So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks

2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads

Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.

MORE: Dakar Rally daily stages schedule, NBCSN broadcast schedule, list of all competitors.

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MORE: Stage 8 wrapup

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